…is pretty darn good, thankfully.
It’s just a few days before the book lands in bookstores (Thursday, May 14th), so I figured I’d post a roster of the reviews it has received thus far for the interested:
“Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom is an adventure yarn in the old tradition. It gets that reading is an intellectual activity, and that an adventure, to be really good, has to engage the reader’s brain. I love a smart book!”
—Daniel Pinkwater, author of
The Neddiad and The Yggyssey
“Written in fast-paced, intelligent prose laced with humor and literary allusions ranging from Dante to Dr. Seuss, the story has all of the fun of old-fashioned pulp adventures. A tale ‘terrifying and dark, of indescribable horrors and eldritch mysteries,’ this is sure to be Wilde-ly popular, and readers will anxiously await future installments.”
“Tim Byrd’s rollicking Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom is part Jonny Quest, part Doc Savage and all a massive hoot…it’s a balls-out adventure that, while light-hearted, never turns to self-referential mockery…“
—Alex Bledsoe, Guys Lit Wire
It’s a true delight…Tim Byrd has taken Doc Savage, added in a pinch of Robert E. Howard, a liberal dose of H.P. Lovecraft, and mixed it all together in a well done, enchanting pastiche of the pulps that will appeal to the adult audience as well as the young adult readers. It is an over the top at times, rip roaring adventure that returns us to the days of yesteryear and leaves us wanting more. I hope to see more from Tim Byrd and Doc Wilde in the future.
—Barry Hunter, The Baryon Review
“All the trappings and clichés of the hero pulps are here, but presented in such a fresh and carefree manner, the reader will be swept away by the outlandish exploits performed by this one-of-a-kind family. The Wildes are old fashioned heroes in the best sense of the word and their adventure is sure to thrill pulp fans, both old and new.”
—Ron Fortier, Pulp Fiction Reviews
Doc Wilde and The Frogs of Doom is a pulp-pounding ribbiting croaker of a tale!
—Will Murray, author of
seven Doc Savage novels
“Like its spiritual predecessors, the two-fisted adventure novels for boys and grown-up boys, this is a book to be read under the covers, with a flashlight, way past bedtime. It is old-school entertainment and proud of it.”
—Quentin Dodd, author of
Beatnik Rutabagas from Beyond the Stars
Doc Wilde and The Frogs of Doom is a fun pulp adventure that pays homage to Doc Savage while targeting the tweener crowd. The story line is fast and lighthearted as the heroes battle mutant fogs. With literary quotes ranging from Seuss to Lovecraft and beyond, Tim Byrd avoids dumbing down his novel. Young readers will relish the escapades of the Wilde family and friends as they struggle to save the world one croak at a time.
—Harriet Klausner, Genre Go Round
I can’t say that all girls will love this series, but I know quite a few who will. Meanwhile, I know for certain that boys, especially those who like Indiana Jones, Jonny Quest and adventure movies like National Treasure and The Mummy will love it!
—Tracy Farnsworth, Roundtable Reviews
Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom doesn’t really have one main character. It’s the story of a family…The basic premise behind the book is very clever, and the quality of the writing is excellent.
author of Happy Kid!
Tim Byrd has come up with a perfect idea to showcase what pulp reading is all about…[his] writing never talks down to its young readers, and all his characters are well-defined…You just get caught up in the whole of it all: an evil mastermind, legions of frogmen, cool gadgets and a bit of Lovecraft lite…
—Bruce Grossman, Bookgasm
Action adventure is just the tip of the iceberg because this book is actually crammed full of interesting and, dare we say it, educational tidbits…Parents, don’t be surprised if you find yourselves enjoying this fun pulp fiction just as much as your kids.
—Sandy Amazeen, Monsters and Critics